Department of Molecular and Cell Biology / College of Letters and Sciences / Department of Psychology
University of California, Berkeley – Fall Semester 2006 – David E. Presti
Nowhere are the connections between chemistry, cell biology, physiology, botany, psychology, sociology, public policy, and constitutional law more vividly illustrated than in understanding the effects of drugs on the human brain and human behavior. This course will deal with just that: the biology, chemistry,psychology, and sociology of psychoactive drugs. Such substances – which include stimulants, sedatives,psychedelics, analgesics, antidepressant and antipsychotic pharmaceuticals, and others – have powerful effects on the human brain, behavior, and mental function. The origins of drugs as components of plants that have enjoyed deep historical relationships with humankind will be emphasized.